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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,642Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 103

$613K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 25 out of 103

498 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
43% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in South Dakota
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 498 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 498 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 11,930 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in South Dakota
LISINOPRIL 542 470 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 510 437 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 476 461 3 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 409 349 4 1
OMEPRAZOLE 359 323 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 347 343 6 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 287 273 7 15
METFORMIN HCL 283 251 8 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 279 254 9 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 262 257 10 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 237 234 11 7
TRAMADOL HCL 229 197 12 17
ATENOLOL 225 207 13 14
CARVEDILOL 208 205 14 20
DIGOXIN 184 184 15 25
DONEPEZIL HCL 173 173 16 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 171 169 17 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 166 148 18 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 160 97 S3 19 11
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 157 157 20 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 156 149 21 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 150 146 22 12
ALLOPURINOL 148 144 23 26
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 146 146 24 48
NAMENDA 143 143 25 41
PREDNISONE 137 97 26 24
FENOFIBRATE 137 75 26 58
FAMOTIDINE 137 109 26 78
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 119 96 29 18
SERTRALINE HCL 116 76 30 21
SPIRONOLACTONE 110 110 31 30
CEPHALEXIN 108 92 32 72
LANTUS 105 86 33 39
GLYBURIDE 101 95 R 34 76
GEMFIBROZIL 100 88 35 62
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 97 80 36 31
CLOPIDOGREL 95 95 37 32
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 92 55 38 29
FENTANYL 88 72 S2 39 34
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 87 57 40 38
ROPINIROLE HCL 84 82 41 77
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 79 67 42 37
FINASTERIDE 79 79 42 69
GLIPIZIDE ER 76 76 44 113
GLIPIZIDE 71 65 45 65
GABAPENTIN 71 60 45 22
CRESTOR 71 71 45 27
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 70 70 48 118
KLOR-CON M20 70 68 48 56
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 69 66 50 61
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 67 52 R 51 54
DIOVAN 66 55 52 40
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 65 56 53 79
ADVAIR DISKUS 61 47 54 42
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 61 43 54 97
JANTOVEN 60 55 56 100
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 60 55 56 59
RISPERIDONE 58 31 58 88
NEXIUM 57 31 59 43
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 57 57 59 176
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 57 41 59 110
KLOR-CON 10 56 49 62 45
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 56 56 62 73
PLAVIX 55 55 64 46
NAPROXEN 55 42 64 148
TRAZODONE HCL 53 16 66 52
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 52 52 67 234
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 50 68 47
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on Nov. 25, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.